Postgame Notes and Quotes: Jan. 5 vs. VAN
Anaheim 4 vs. Vancouver 3 OT
Jan. 5, 2014
31-8-5, 67 Standings Points
The NHL-leading Ducks improved to 31-8-5 with tonight’s 4-3 comeback overtime victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Honda Center. The 31-8-5 record for 67 points is Anaheim’s best ever start to a season through 45 games, besting the previous mark of 29-9-6 for 64 points in 2006-07.
The Ducks (17-0-2) are the fifth team in 40 NHL seasons (since 1973-74) to record points in each of their first 19+ home games of a season:
|New York Islanders||1978-79||23||19-0-4|
|San Jose Sharks||2008-09||22||20-0-2|
* NHL Record
(Elias Sports Bureau)
The Ducks’ 19-game streak is also their longest home standings point streak in club history at any point during a season (previous best was 14 games).
Anaheim is now 11-1-2 vs. the Pacific Division and a league-best 17-3-2 vs. the Western Conference (.818 points percentage).
Corey Perry scored his fifth career overtime goal and league-leading eighth game-winning goal with two seconds remaining in overtime to defeat the Canucks, 4-3. With his tally, Perry moved into a tie for second place on the franchise’s all-time list for OT goals with Ryan Getzlaf and Scott Niedermayer. Perry’s last overtime goal came on Feb. 24, 2013 vs. Colorado.
Nick Bonino scored his 12th goal of the season to tie the game at 18:33 of the third period. Bonino has collected points in three straight games, earning 2-3=5 with a +6 rating.
Saku Koivu tallied his eighth goal of the season in his 29th game, matching his 2012-13 season total in 47 contests. Koivu has points in three straight games (1-2=3), his longest point streak since Oct. 5-10, 2013 (2-1=3).
Matt Beleskey collected his third goal of the season, extending his point streak to a career-tying three straight games (2-2=4, fifth time). Beleskey is also riding a three-game assist streak, matching his career best set from Dec. 2-6, 2011 (0-3=3).
Tonight’s attendance was 17,174, Anaheim’s fourth consecutive sellout.
On his overtime-winning goal
I knew there wasn’t much time left, coming into the zone. I saw a couple seconds on the clock, and just yelled for the puck. I knew I would shoot it right away. It wasn’t hard, but it probably fooled him more than anything. It found a way in. Of all the places I shot tonight, a trickler is the one that goes in.
On the team’s comeback victory
If you look at the way we started, we weren’t playing our game. We took a couple of penalties and they capitalized right away. Those are things you learn from. You can’t keep doing that and coming back against good teams. We found a way to take over the game in the second. We started skating, started hitting, and getting the pucks in deep. It carried over into the third period. They got that early goal, but we never backed down. We just kept grinding away.
On not getting frustrated when the puck isn’t going in
It does get a little frustrating, but we have confidence in this building and with our team. [Eddie Lack] played a hell of a game. Once I didn’t get that overtime breakaway, I wasn’t sure if I’d get another one, but we never gave up. With 0.6 seconds left, Corey [Perry] finds a way to worm it in.
On winning in a variety of ways
We’d prefer to start playing the first 20 minutes of these games. We dig ourselves a hole every time, and then we allow seven or ten shots in the last two periods combined. It’s good because we have confidence that we know we can win, but we can make it a little easier on ourselves if we play a full 60 and not a 50-minute game.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On the elements that went into tonight’s win
After the first period, we were pretty down. We got dominated pretty good. But I thought our will and our character in the last two periods was never say die. No matter how many chances we had, I thought it was really tremendous. If you can believe you can win, you’re always in the game.
On Perry’s nine scoring chances, including his overtime winner
You can see it on his face every time he came to the bench. He was getting so frustrated. Last game and this game, he was getting so many good looks. Hopefully that’ll break the ice and he’ll do what he normally does.
On the game
Our first (period) was extremely good. The same in LA. We are still taking a few penalties and all of a sudden they got momentum and we didn’t seem to be able to get it back. You need to string three or four great shifts together. That isn’t happening for us right now. That is what we need to turn things around.
On goaltender Eddie Lack
He was unbelievable. I thought we came out in the third and started playing better again. We scored a big one and I don’t think they were as dominant in the third as in the second but it’s tough when they score.
On failing to hold a lead
Both games we had early leads and then we sat back. It was more a mindset of playing not to lose instead of playing to win and that is the biggest thing as to why we are giving up so many shots.
You play good teams like Anaheim and LA and you learn a lot of lessons. They expose things in your game that are not solid. We saw that in LA and we talked about that this morning. A lot of it has to do with our mindset. We are playing not to lose and we have to start playing to win at all times.
On the team's recent games
We’ve beaten ourselves a little bit. We’ve had a lot of struggles in a lot of different areas the past couple of games. We have to keep our heads and keep on working at our game.
On goaltender Eddie Lack
He’s been something, hasn’t he? He brought it to another level tonight. You try to find some good stuff and that is certainly some real good stuff there.